Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bicycling Firebrands

With Iran refusing to ship petrol to Afghanistan, hundreds of protesters in Kabul hit the streets on bicycles brandishing signs that said, "We can live without oil." And why not? In Hungary, at least, we can always use pig grease to lube our chains.

This follows right on the heels of another bit of bicycle protest news from the Middle East. Last month, an Israeli court gave a three-month jail sentence to a left-wing activist for riding in a mini-Critical Mass against the blockade of Gaza.
Somehow, bicycles are becoming the ride of choice for political firebrands the world over.

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